“Such meeting is expected to be held,” the source told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.
Earlier, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Lavrov and Kerry would have a bilateral meeting in Paris.
The US Secretary of State accompanies President Barack Obama, who left for the European tour on Monday, June 2.
The crisis in Ukraine and the internal conflict in Syria will be major topics due to be raised at the talks, Psaki said.
In the meantime, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier President Vladimir Putin was expected to have meetings with several world leaders within D-Day 70th anniversary in Normandy.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 20 – The decision on Crimea’s reunification with Russia was made solely by President Vladimir Putin himself, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
“It was a personal decision of the head of state. He was the only person who could and had to make it and who made it,” Peskov told the TVC television channel on Saturday, April 19.
He recalled Putin’s remarks during the call-in session with the citizens of Russia on April 17 that he had made the decision on Crimea only after he had received the results of the Crimean referendum that bore out his position.
Peskov also said Russia is interested in the resolution of the current political crisis in neighbouring Ukraine more than other countries.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW, April 18 – Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich was forced to take shelter in Russia because he faces life threat in Ukraine, Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told Russia-1 television channel on Friday.
Peskov – “ Yanukovich is free to stay here and he has to stay here because his living in Ukraine is under threat now, so he is under the protection of the Russian state,” Peskov stressed, adding that Yanukovich was forced to leave his country because of threats of physical violence from “those elements who have come to power in an armed coup.
#AceWorldNews – KREMLIN – March 25 – Moscow is interested in continuing contacts with G8 nations at all levels, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Tuesday.
“The Russian side continues to be ready to have such contacts at all levels, including the top level,” Interfax quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.
Leaders of the Group of Seven nations on Monday suspended their participation in the Group of Eight industrialized nations until Russia changes course on Ukraine, Reuters said.
#AceWorldNews – Moscow – March 19. – Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Moscow on Thursday, March 20, presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told Itar-Tass.
Earlier, the UN press service reported that the UN Secretary-General would visit Moscow and Kiev on March 20-21.
While in Moscow, Ban Ki-moon will have meetings with Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other high-ranking officials.
While in Kiev, the UN Secretary-General will meet Ukrainian acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who were appointed by the Verkhovna Rada.
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“We confirm that the meeting will be held as scheduled,” Peskov said. The UN secretary-general will leave for a visit to Russia on March 19 within the diplomatic efforts to encourage all parties to settling the crisis in Ukraine by peaceful means, the press service said. The UN secretary-general is planning to confer with representatives of the civil society and UN staffers, the UN press service said.
#AceWorldNews says that President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops sent last week to a surprise military exercise in western and central Russia to return to their bases.
Putin ordered the return after a Defence Ministry report, which said the exercises have been conducted successfully, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media.
The surprise military drills in Russia’s central and western territorial commands were launched last Wednesday.